Dr. Jason DeVries recommends a total ankle replacement for patients who are suffering from debilitating, end-stage arthritis in their ankle and can no longer tolerate the pain.
A patient typically spends the day of the surgery and one night afterward in the hospital.
As Dr. DeVries explains, the patient will not be able to put any pressure on their ankle for two to four weeks after the procedure. After that time, they will begin physical therapy and walking with a supportive boot ankle.
Following an ankle replacement and the appropriate recovery time, a patient should experience pain relief and the ability to walk around freely as well as return to participating in the activities they enjoy.
The opinions of Dr. Jason DeVries are his alone and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Wright Medical.
Any results are specific to this particular individual only. Individual results and activity levels after surgery vary and depend on many factors including age, weight and prior activity level. There are risks and recovery times associated with surgery and there are certain individuals who should not undergo surgery.More »